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Linda Jones

R&B singer Linda Jones earned a cult following for her fervent, gospel-influenced style and powerful vocal acrobatics, and she's still celebrated by soul music fans despite her career being cut down prematurely at the age of 27. Linda Jones was born in Newark, New Jersey on December 14, 1944; her family was steeped in gospel music, and at the age of six she began performing with her siblings in a sacred group, the Jones Singers. As a teenager, Jones began performing rhythm & blues music, and cut her first solo record under the name Linda Lane in 1963, a cover of "Lonely Teardrops," but the record sank without a trace.

Linda's fortunes improved when she met George Kerr, a producer and songwriter who had been a member of Little Anthony & the Imperials. The first two singles Kerr produced for Linda Jones (one on Atco, the other on Blue Cat) fared no better, but in 1967 they landed a deal with Loma Records, an R&B imprint of Warner Bros., and her first 45 for the label, "Hypnotized," was a hit, rising to number 21 on the Pop Singles charts and number four on the Rhythm & Blues survey. The single prompted the release of Jones' first album, also called Hypnotized, and Jones' follow-up, "What've I Done (To Make You Mad)," was a Top Ten hit on the R&B charts, but struggled to 61 on the Pop listings, and 1968's "Give My Love a Try" was a greater disappointment, struggling to number 34 R&B and a dismal number 93 on Pop. While "Hypnotized" found Jones taking a relatively subtle approach to her music, her subsequent sides captured her forceful, melismatic style at full strength, and though soul purists (especially Northern soul collectors in the U.K.) treasured her records, she was a bit too much for Top 40 to take, and Jones would never have another major pop hit.

In 1968, Warner Bros. shut down Loma, and briefly bumped Jones up to their flagship label, but after one single, Jones was a free agent again, and she briefly recorded for Neptune Records, an early label run by Philly soul legends Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff. In 1971, Jones landed a new deal with Turbo Records, an offshoot of Sylvia Robinson's All Platinum label, and in 1972, Jones enjoyed her greatest success in four years when her forceful, gospel-leaning cover of Jerry Butler's "For Your Precious Love" made its way on the R&B charts, peaking at number 15, and even enjoying some Pop airplay, where it rose to number 72. Sadly, Jones' comeback would be short-lived. Jones, who struggled with diabetes, toured hard in support of "For Your Precious Love," and she was booked to play two shows at New York's famed Apollo Theater on March 14, 1972. After a matinee performance, Jones went to her mother's house in Newark to eat dinner and take a nap before playing her evening show, but when her mother tried to wake her, she discovered Linda had slipped into a diabetic coma; she died shortly afterwards. Turbo released a pair of posthumous albums following Jones' unexpected death, and in 2014, Real Gone Music released The Complete Atco-Loma-Warner Brothers Recordings, bringing together the bulk of her recordings of the '60s. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
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One of the best female voices of all time.
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Love her beautiful voice!
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Sometimes you just need to hear some classic soul to experience where it all began
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Everything this song says is so very true baby! I love you baby!!!!
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Linda Jones hypnotize badass jam love this song tho ♥♡♥♡♥♡
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Oldie but goodies!
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He got my hypnotized by his love n that smile :) #lostinlove Love u Babez
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Love her voice! :)
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I was hooked on this song out off my mind
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Hypnotized by her sweet voice...R .I.P dear Linda
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You are greatly appreciated and loved And missed j.w.Wyatt rest in Peace your voice will never be replaced in this life time your The greatest of all times.
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Linda Jones got one firme voice R.I.P my Girl
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i love the way she sings
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mitchelljacq u e l i n e 6
One of the greatest songs of all time.Long live Miss Linda Jones !!!
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My favorite singer in the world she could wake up my day all day .The best female voice ever
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nancyweissbe i n
RIP - love this song lots of meaning!
Makes you feel in love once again!
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This is a BAD A** Jam Janice listen to it . I love it . BAD A** !!!!
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I was there mr wonderful night club Rochester n.y when she sang hypnotise great voice r.i.o linda
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She is one of the best to have ever done it.
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Beautiful voice RIP Linda Jones...than k s for awesome oldies but always goodiez....
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Great song, RIP Linda Jones
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Just that one look over the balcony the first night you came and you won my heart..
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I LOVE THIS SONG R.IP MS. LINDA REMIND ME OF ALL MY BEAUITFUL PLACES AND SPACES LOVE U FOR THIS SONG SMILE......
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Love this song.. Its a jam..
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FIRME OLDIE!!!
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Power. Love her music...m.ba s k e r v i l l e .
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O`rite now just kick off the chanklas. the soul children...l a linda jones...carl a thomas...los madlads...ta k i n g us way back to skletch...ke ' n o "VILLASTAXES D V " I kno, that,yu be knowin....
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THE MAD LADS IS MY STATION KEEP THE MUSIC COMING ALL DAY LONG
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I am a devoted fan of most all music and yet Linda Jones got me up! Some of the coolest cuts ever, thank you.
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she left us with beautiful soulfull music and left us hyptnotized
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I was brought up in that era when Linda Jones was an inspiring vocalist. I have never heard any song sang the way she put her heart and soul in it. Terry if there are songs out there that i didnt hear, please somebody direct me how to hear them. I will always feel the compassion Linda had for music, when listening to her musis.Gone. but will NEVER be forgotton. D Campbell , Clearwater, Fla
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beautiful voice!
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Dynamic Voice"Ooh Baby You Move Me"
H-Town listening*97 8 * 4 m 1 4 y ~
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I'm just loving her voice,beauti f u l , s o m e t h i n g just goes thru me when I hear her voice...RIP Linda Jones..
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I loved Linda Jones and her voice was the bomb! I had friends who grew up with her. My mom would play her songs day and night! I am so glad I knew her stuff. Memories. RIP Linda.
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gone to soon
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I grew up in the same neighborhood as Linda...in the late sixties...sh e was our pride and joy...and although she left us with the priceless jewelry of her voice she will always be missed.
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Her voice runs chills through me on ever note
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Your first kiss lelf me hypnottized.
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listen to her song your precious love and you will love her even more
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bettyodom55
She had such a beautiful voice....
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Pinchi Linda Jones,,this woman got some pipes,,she can fkn blow..YA!!!
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bigdrom
one of the best who ever did it
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Yup all it took was just one look from your eye Julio Maldonado aka Wuicho 323
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chucky3418
when I first heard her voice I fell in love with her and then to top it off, I had the opportunity to meet her in person at the Old Shelter Room in Wash. D.C. will never 4get the moment, she was Beautiful then and she will always b Beautiful!!! ! ! ! ! !
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The Woman was THE BEST...
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8 lovethis songs I miss Linda songs
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Linda Jones made Newark New Jersey PROUD
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Had she lived, Patti Labelle, would have had some very stiff competition!
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Beautiful song. It goes right to your soul. Thank you Linda Jones.
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